I can't tell you how much I love the fact that health and wellness has come into the spotlight in recent years. It's great to see people taking control of their own lives in the form of healthy eating, exercise, and things like meditation or mindfulness. This has always been a topic of the utmost importance but, now more than ever, I think it's smart to take control of your health as we live in a time of so much uncertainty and over-stimulation. On one hand, I feel that leading a healthy life should be so simple and straightforward (a la Michael Pollan) but with so much (often conflicting) information and so many perspectives out there today, it can be confusing and overwhelming. Here are my five, most important tips for a healthy lifestyle.
Experiment until you find what works for you.
Then, stick with it! Whether we're talking about a fitness plan, a skincare routine, or nutrition guidelines, it's important to find what works for you and the best way to do so is by experimentation. There is a plethora of information out there but what works for one may not work for another. Pay attention to how your body feels after eating certain foods, try as many different exercise types and frequencies as you can, and sample lots of different products until you determine what suits you best.
Get into the habit of meal prepping.
I promise, meal prep will make your life ten times easier once you find the routine that works best for you. The first step is investing in a good set of meal prep containers. Be sure to get ones that keep food fresh but are also visually appealing so that you're more excited to take them out of the cabinet. Pick a day or two to do the bulk of your work from planning to preparing to assembling. Personally, I like to prep on Sundays and then do a mini-prep in the middle of the week.
Schedule regular maintenance.
So many people claim to be so busy that they don't have time even to just visit their general doctor and, personally, I think that's a huge problem. I know that financial factors play into this sometimes but we have to make it a priority, both financially and in our schedules, to schedule regular appointments to maintain our health. At the very minimum, set regular appointments with your doctor and your dentist, but strive to see the dermatologist and chiropractor as well.
However you can, just move more.
It's advice we've all heard before, but we hear it because it's true and it's easy. We should all be striving to move as much as possible. If you live in a pedestrian friendly city, this is second nature but for those who do not and who work sedentary jobs, it's incredibly important to be conscious of how much you move throughout the day. I suggest standing up while taking calls, getting up for a 3-5 minute walk every hour, taking longer walks during lunch, parking in the back of the lot (when it's safe to do so) and, of course, always taking the stairs.
Work towards inner alignment.
This tip is hard to verbalize because it is so different for every individual, but consciously working toward internal alignment can be a game changer. Cultivating inner alignment will allow you to tap into your intuition, to heal emotional wounds, and to really develop the most important relationship in your life which is with yourself. As I said, there are many ways to do this so you'll have to find what works for you but common practices include meditation, yoga, prayer, attending church, and journaling.
What are your favorite healthy lifestyle tips?